I spend the morning in Cusco, at the project house. Cusco is as beautiful and beguiling as ever. The local students have made the project house into a wonderfully organised hive of activity. Walter and others have self-organised into a research NGO. While I am there one student is giving a weekly lesson in the statistical programming language R to other students. Others are printing out maps of their new field plots. Again, I am astounded, and come away wanting to give their efforts every support possible.
Yadvinder Malhi is an ecosytem ecologist and Professor of Ecosystem Science at Oxford University